We propose a model for a molecular junction with internal anharmonic torsional vibrations interacting

with an electric current. The Wangsness-Bloch-Redfield master equation approach is used to determine the

stationary reduced density matrix of the molecule. The dependence of the current, excitation energy, and angular

momentum of the junction on the applied voltage is studied. Negative differential conductance is observed in the

current-voltage characteristics. It is shown that a model with vibrationally dependent coupling to the electrodes,

asymmetric with respect to the interchanging of electrodes, leads to a strong correlation between the applied

voltage and the angular momentum of the junction. The model thus works as a molecular motor, with the angular

momentum controlled by the size and sign of the voltage.

with an electric current. The Wangsness-Bloch-Redfield master equation approach is used to determine the

stationary reduced density matrix of the molecule. The dependence of the current, excitation energy, and angular

momentum of the junction on the applied voltage is studied. Negative differential conductance is observed in the

current-voltage characteristics. It is shown that a model with vibrationally dependent coupling to the electrodes,

asymmetric with respect to the interchanging of electrodes, leads to a strong correlation between the applied

voltage and the angular momentum of the junction. The model thus works as a molecular motor, with the angular

momentum controlled by the size and sign of the voltage.

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journal: | Phys. Rev. B |

volume: | 83 |

pages: | 165446 |

year: | 2011 |

pacs: | 73.23.-b, 71.38.-k, 85.65.+h, 85.85.+j |

grant: | Vibrační a disociační dynamika molekulárních systémů v elektronovém kontinuu, GAČR P208/10/1281, 2010-2014 |

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